Tragic coma picture: Dad's cycle helmet plea
This shocking photograph shows the tragic result of not wearing a cycle helmet.
16-year-old Ryan Smith was involved in a crash with a van whilst cycling to work near Chapel St Leonards, near Skegness.
After being told his son might not survive the night, Mark Smith has spent everyday of the last five weeks at his son’s bedside.
Ryan remains in a coma and his family is anxiously waiting to discover how serious his brain damage may be.
Dad Mark, who is a paramedic said: “When I heard the news I thought typical Ryan, he’s strong as an ox, it’ll be a few scratches and bruises but when I called the paramedic on scene I found out it was much more serious.”
“I always wear a helmet, I always told Ryan to wear a helmet but he is 16, his hair is his life and sadly he has the ‘not going to happen to me attitude’, but in a click of your fingers our family’s life has changed permanently.
“We don’t know yet how much of our son we are going to get back, we will never know if a helmet would have saved him, but I don’t want another parent to take that chance.”
Ryan is an avid sportsman which landed him the role as Paralympics Ambassador for Skegness Grammar School, where he met Gold Medal runner Richard Whitehead, from Nottingham.
With dreams of being an engineer, he will receive his GCSE results this week, which his family still hope could be the start of his path to university.
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